When my alarm goes off in the morning, my husband rolls over to hit snooze and go back to sleep. I lie in bed and start thinking about my day, all the possibilities, and everything I am thankful for in my life. By the time the alarm goes off...again, I feel mentally ready to start the day.
Our weekday mornings can be hectic, so I love to take extra time on the weekends to enjoy family and friends and reconnect over breakfast. Last week, I met 2 of my dearest friends and a lovely little lady at Panera to catch up with over some warm drinks and yummy food.
Just stepping out of my car in the parking lot had me drooling. I ran in and grabbed a chai tea latte while waiting for the girls and was pleasantly surprised to learn I had a free pastry loaded onto my MyPanera card, just for signing up! Since they didn't have a gluten free option, I wrapped up my pumpkin muffin and brought it home to two thankful kids. You can score some free goodies and sign up for your MyPanera card here.
I love settling in near the fireplace and basket of newspapers and books for sharing. Panera has such a comfortable community feeling and it was very easy to relax with the baby and take our time enjoying our drinks. It always takes forever for us to order. There are so many awesome choices. I grabbed the Mediterranean Egg White Bowl. Oh yes, you can get any of the sandwich options in a bowl. So even if you are forced to forgo those mouthwatering breads and bagels you will still be satisfied and happy with your breakfast. They loaded me up with extra spinach and the pesto was insane!
Of course I also came home with a bag of bagels and spread for my husband to take to work. Bribing co-workers is always a good policy. We are also fortunate that there is a Panera in between my kids schools. I can pop in for a quick power smoothie or treats for their class in no time at all. Bribing kids isn't a bad idea.
Right now, Panera is hosting a Breakfast Backstory Challenge.
You can learn all about Panera's Breakfast Backstory while earning chances to win some amazing prizes!
Breville Juice Fountain Elite
Breville Barista Exoress Espresso maker
KitchenAid Professional Stand Mixer
and the Grand Prize of
An all-inclusive, culinary experience trip to New York City for Two
Head over here and watch videos, read articles, connect through social media, and find recipes to earn badges which get you entered to win some of these prizes! It is super easy and quick. I can't wait to try the Overnight Tropical Oatmeal recipe! You can learn how some of your favorite menu items are prepared as well. My friend, Jessica enjoyed the Roasted Tomato & Feta Baked Egg Souffle, which looked scrumptious!
When you earn three badges you also get a little surprise loaded on your My Panera card! Then go complete your bonus entries for more chances to win a culinary experience for two in NYC! I want that juice fountain, bad.
Now let's get to that $100 Panera Card Give Away!
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